Hitting your Stride

This week we spoke about the excitement of starting a new job, defining your role and beginning to build trust and credibility.  Well this is really just the beginning of your adventures.  Doing this consistently will help you gain footing and become a solid member of your team – someone who can be counted on to add business value and get things done.  Making it a part of your consistent behavior is really a key to having a positive experience in a new role.

  I find it typically takes me about 4-6 months to really feel comfortable in a new job. That is, feel like I am a solid member and contribute more meaningfully to the business.  During that time, I spend a lot of time networking, reading, asking questions, and generally figuring things out as quickly as I can.  It often feels like I am cramming for my final exam, but have only taken the course for a couple of weeks.  There is a lot I don’t know, but I need to produce results.    This has taken me way out of my comfort zone.  It is truly exciting.  I am meeting new people, learning a tremendous amount and having a lot of fun.  It feels like I made the right decision.  Perhaps, I am coming up from that deep dive and actually starting to swim!   I know I will hit rough patches.  I also know I can come out stronger if I follow my own advice: take some risks, build relationships, continually refine my role, and build trust and credibility. 

I can sense the next phase of this exciting journey is beginning….And I am ready to make this my best adventure yet!

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